Today in the Past

Events

866 – Pope Nicholas I answers the envoys of Boris (Ad consulta vestra)

1002 – English king Ethelred II launches massacre of Danish settlers

1160 – Marriage of Louis VII of France with Adele of Champagne.

1553 – English Lady Jane Grey/Bishop Cranmer accused of high treason

1565 – Pope Pius IV publishes degree Professi fidei

1642 – Battle at Turnham Green, London: King Charles I vs English parliament

1715 – Significant battle at Sheriffmuir during Jacobite rebellion. Battle inconclusive but Government forces able halt advance of Jacobite army lead by Scottish Earl of Mar

1775 – American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal

1789 – Ben Franklin writes “Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes”

1841 – James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnosis.

1843 – Mt Rainier in Washington State erupts

1854 – “New Era” sinks off NJ coast with loss of 300

1862 – Battle of Holly Spring, MS

1865 – PT Barnum’s New American museum opens in Bridgeport

1865 – US issues 1st gold certificates

1875 – Harvard-Yale game is 1st college football contest with uniforms

1887 – Bloody Sunday clashes in central London.

1895 – 1st shipment of canned pineapple from Hawaii

1901 – The 1901 Caister Lifeboat Disaster.

1907 – French cyclist Paul Cornu flies 1st helicopter (twin rotor)

1909 – 259 miners die in a fire at St Paul Mine at Cherry Ill

1913 – 1st modern elastic brassiere patented by Mary Phelps Jacob

1916 – British offensive at Ancre Belgium

1920 – Hudson River frozen at Albany

1921 – “Sheik,” starring Rudolph Valentino, is released

1922 – Black Renaissance begins Harlem NY

1927 – NY-NJ Holland Tunnel, 1st twin-tube underwater auto tunnel, opens

1933 – 1st modern sit-down strike, Hormel meat packers, Austin, Minn

1940 – Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” released

1941 – British aircraft carrierArk Royalsank in Mediterranean

1942 – Chaotic “sea battle of Friday the 13th” at Guadalcanal

1942 – Minimum draft age lowered from 21 to 18

1946 – 1st artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mt Greylock, MA

1950 – US win 1st world championship bridge contest

1952 – False fingernails 1st sold

1956 – Supreme Court strikes down segregation of races on public buses

1960 – Fire in movie theater kills 152 children (Amude Spain)

1960 – Sammy Davis Jr marries Swedish actress May Britt

1961 – Vladimir Yefimovich Semichastny succeeds Aleksandr Nikolayevich Shelepin as head of the KGB.

1964 – Bob Petit (St Louis Hawks) becomes 1st NBAer to score 20,000 points

1965 – “Yarmouth Castle” burns & sinks off Bahamas, killing 89

1967 – Carl B Stokes sworn-in as 1st major city black mayor (Cleveland Oh)

1969 – VP Spiro T Agnew accused network TV news depts of bias & distortion

1970 – Cyclone kills estimated 300,000 in Chittagong Bangladesh

1970 – Flooding ravages Ganges delta, 200,000-1 million killed

1970 – Lt Gen Hafez al-Assad becomes PM of Syria following military coup

1971 – Mariner 9, 1st to orbit another planet (Mars)

1974 – Dodgers Steve Garvey wins NL MVP

1977 – Final Al Capp comic strip of “Li’l Abner” (1934-77)

1978 – NASA launches HEAO

1979 – Ronald Reagan in NY announces his candidacy for president

1979 – Willie Stargell & Keith Hernandez share NL MVP Award NL

1980 – US spacecraft Voyager I sent back 1st close-up pictures of Saturn

1982 – Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in Washington DC(see UC 11/09)

1982 – A boxing match held in Las Vegas, Nevada ends when Ray Mancini defeats Duk Koo Kim. Kim’s death on November 17 led to significant changes in the sport.

1984 – David Levy finds his 1st comet

1984 – Ryne Sandberg wins the NL MVP Award

1985 – Dwight Gooden, youngest 20 game winner, wins Cy Young award

1985 – Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Colombia, kills 25,000

1986 – US president Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran

1987 – 1st condom commercial on BBC TV

1990 – The World Wide Web first began.

1991 – Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens wins AL Cy Young Award

1992 – Riddick Bowe beats Evander Holyfield in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

1993 – 7.1 seaquake east of Kamchatka

1994 – Sweden agrees to join European Union

1997 – “Lion King,” opens at New Amersterdam Theater NYC

1997 – UN pulls out arms inspection teams from Iraq

2001 – Doha Round: The World Trade Organization ends a four-day ministerial conference in Doha, Qatar.

2001 – War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.

2002 – The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill.

2007 – An explosion hits the south wing of the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Quezon City, killing four people, including Congressman Wahab Akbar, and wounding six.

Births

354 – [Christian] Aurelius Augustine, bp of Hippo in Roman Africa

1312 – Edward III, Windsor Castle, England, king of England (1327-77, raped countess of Salisbury), (d. 1377)

1486 – Johann Eck, German theologian (d. 1543)

1504 – Philip I (the Generous), Landgrave of Hesse and important early protestant ruler. (d. 1567)

1572 – Cyril Lucaris, Greek theologian (d. 1638)

1715 – Dorothea Erxleben, German, first female medical doctor (d.1762)

1732 – John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania (d. 1808)

1760 – Jiaqing, Emperor of China (d. 1820)

1792 – Edward John Trelawney, England, traveler/author (Adv of Younger Son)

1804 – Theophilus Hunter Holmes, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1880

1809 – John AB Dahlgren, US Union  rear adm/inventor (Civil War Dahlgren-cannon)

1813 – John Wolcott Phelps, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1885

1814 – Joseph Hooker, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1879

1833 – Edwin Thomas Booth, US, US Hall of Fame/actor (Hamlet)

1834 – Ignacio M Altamirano, Mexican author (El Zarco)

1838 – Joseph F Smith, 6th pres of Mormon church

1841 – Edward Burd Grubb, American Civil War Brevet Brigadier General (d. 1913)

1850 – Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh, Scotland, author (Treasure Island), (d. 1894)

1853 – John Drew Jr., American actor (d. 1927)

1856 – Louis D Brandeis, Mass, 68th Supreme Court Justice (1916-39)

1858 – Percy McDonnell, cricketer (Australian batsman of the 1880’s)

1859 – Georg Knorr, German engineer (brake system trains)

1869 – Helene Stöcker, German feminist, pacifist and publicist (d. 1943)

1869 – Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian feminist (d. 1962)

1878 – Max Dehn, German mathematician (d. 1952)

1882 – John Lowry, Mount Vernon NY, NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall)

1893 – Edward A Doisy Sr, US bio-chemist (Vitamin K1, Nobel 1943)

1897 – Gertrude Olmstead, American actress (d. 1975)

1898 – Earl Sande, jockey (Hall of Famer)

1900 – Edward Buzzell, American film director (d. 1985)

1902 – Gustav von Koenigswald, paleontologist (found Pithecanthropus erectus)

1906 – Hermione Baddeley, England, actress (Camp Runamuck, Maude, Good Life)

1906 – Eva Zeisel, Budapest, Hungary, American industrial designer

1907 – Lewis Boddington, aerospace engineer

1908 – C. Vann Woodward, American historian (d. 1999)

1910 – William Bradford Huie, American writer and publisher (d. 1986)

1915 – Robert Sutton, electronics engineer

1916 – Jack Elam, Miami AZ, actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo)

1918 – Janine Andrade, French violinist

1921 – Eddie Calhoun, jazz bassist

1922 – Oskar Werner, film actor/director (Shoes of the Fisherman, Das Ekel)

1924 – Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist (d. 1994)

1927 – Billy Klüver, American scientist (d. 2004)

1931 – Anthony Jacobs, English industrialist (BSM)

1931 – Joan Lestor, British MP

1931 – John A Manke, US test pilot (HL-10)

1932 – Olga Connolly-Fikotova, Czech, US discus thrower (Olympic-gold-1956)

1932 – Richard Mulligan, Bronx NY, actor (Soap, Empty’s Nest, Big Bus)

1933 – Clyde McPhatter, rocker

1937 – Kamahl, [Kamalesvaran], Australian singer (Elephant Song)

1938 – Jean Seberg, Marshaltown Iowa, actress (Breathless, Paint Your Wagon)

1939 – Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer

1940 – Justine “Baby” Washington, US singer (Only Those in Love)

1943 – John Hammond Jr, NYC, blues singer (So Many Roads)

Walking Blues                                     Can’t Find My Way Home with Bonnie Raitt & Lowell George 

Too Tired with Duke Robillard                          IT HURTS ME TOO with Dr John & Mike Bloomfield

Come On In My Kitchen                                                      Mr Highwayman with Robert jr Lockwood 

Rambling On My Mind                                                                                                           Slick Crown Vic

 

1945 – Masahiro Hasemi, Japanese racing driver

1947 – Joe Mantegna, Chicago Ill, actor (House of Games, Weeds)

1949 – Roger Steen, rock guitarist/vocalist (Tubes)

1949 – Yoshimi Ishibashi, Japanese racing driver

1950 – Gilbert Perreault, NHL center (over 500 goals)

1951 – Beth Anders, Norristown Penn, field hockey sweeper (Oly-bronze-1984)

1951 – Bill Gibson, California, rock drummer (Huey Lewis & The News)

1952 – Art Malik, Pakistani-born English actor

1953 – Andy “the Clobberer” Ranken, English pop drummer (The Pogues)

1953 – Larry Miller, comedian (Dream On, Favor, Dream Lover)

The Five Levels Of Drinking

A Comedy Tribute!

Funny 1980s

1953 – Tracy Scoggins, Galveston Tx, actress (Colbys, Gumshoe Kid)

1953 – Waswo_X._Waswo, American Photographer

1954 – Scott McNealy, American CEO of Sun Microsystems

1958 – Linda Jackson, Montreal Quebec, cyclist (Olympics-96)

1963 – Vinny Testaverde, NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)

1969 – Lori Berenson, American criminal

1969 – Gerard Butler, Scottish actor

1969 – Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Dutch author

1973 – Samantha Riley, Brisbane Australia, breastroker (Oly-2 bronze-92, 96)

1973 – Ari Hoenig, American jazz drummer

1975 – Sarah Pitkowski, Seclin France, tennis star (1995 Futures-Koksijde)

1976 – Hiroshi Tanahashi, Japanese professional wrestler

1976 – Kelly Sotherton, English heptathlete

1977 – Huang Xiaoming, Chinese actor and singer

1978 – Nikolai Fraiture, American bassist (The Strokes)

1979 – Ron Artest, American basketball player

1979 – Subliminal, Israeli rapper and producer

1980 – François-Louis Tremblay, Canadian short track speed skater

1981 – Kirsty-Leigh Brown, Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)

1981 – Rivkah, American comic book writer and artist

Deaths

867 – Nicholas I, (the Great), pope (858-67), dies at 67

1004 – Abbo van Fleury, [Floriacensis], French abbott/saint, dies

1093 – Malcolm III (Canmore, “Big Head”) King of Scotland , dies in battle at Alnwick, Northumberland. Historical figure Shakespeare’s character based on.

1143 – King Fulk of Jerusalem

1359 – Ivan II, great ruler of Moscow & Vladimir, dies

1606 – Geronimo Mercuriali, Italian philologist and physician (b. 1530)

1619 – Ludovico Carracci, Italian painter (b. 1555)

1706 – Godfried Schalcken, painter/etcher/engraver, dies

1779 – Thomas Chippendale, English furniture maker, dies at 61

1849 – William Etty, English painter best known for paintings of nudes, dies at 62

1863 – Carnot Posey, Confederate brig-generaal, dies at 50

1867 – Adolphe Napoleon Didron, French archaeologist (b. 1806)

1868 – Gioachino (Antonio) Rossini, composer (Barber of Seville), dies at 76

1893 – Antoine T d’abbadie, French explorer: Ethiopia, dies at 78

1903 – Wilhelm von Polenz, German author (Country of Zukunft), dies

1903 – Camille Pissarro, French painter (b. 1830)

1942 – Daniel J Callaghan, US admiral (at Guadalcanal), Medal Of Honor Recipient , dies

CALLAGHAN, DANIEL JUDSON Photo

1942 –  Douglas H Fox, US captain of destroyer Barton, dies in battle

1942 – Norman Scott, US admiral (at Guadalcanal), Medal of Honor Recipient , dies

CALLAGHAN, DANIEL JUDSON Photo

1961 – Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr., American diplomat (b. 1897)

1963 – Margaret Murray, English anthropologist and Egyptologist (b. 1863)

1967 – Harriet Cohen, English pianist (b. 1895)

1973 – Bruno Maderna, Italian composer/conductor (Satyricon), dies at 53

1973 – Elsa Schiaparelli, French fashion designer, dies at 77

1974 – Vittorio de Sica, Italian actor/director (Boccacio 70), dies

1977 – Ingrid Schubert, German terrorist (b. 1944)

1983 – “Alvin” Junior Samples, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 56

1985 – George Robert Vincent, American sound recording pioneer (b. 1898)

1986 – Rolando Olalia, Philippines worker’s union leader, murdered

1986 – Rudolf Schock, German opera/operetta singer, dies at 71

1986 – Thierry Le Luron, French humourist (b. 1952)

1989 – Victor Davis, Canadian swimmer (b. 1964)

1991 – Cyril Poitier, actor (Uptown Saturday Night), dies of cancer at 80

1991 – Hanson Baldwin, US military historian, dies at 88

1994 – Joseph H Hazen, US producer/VP (Warner Bros), dies at 96

1994 – Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist (b. 1924)

1996 – Kenneth Watkins, woodland conservationist, dies at 86

1996 – William Ballard Doggett, jazz musician, dies at 80

1996 – Swami Rama, Himalayan yoga master (b. 1925)

1997 – William John Elwyn Davies, painter, dies at 80

1998 – Red Holzman, American basketball coach (b. 1920)

1998 – Michel Trudeau, Canadian outdoorsman, son of Pierre Trudeau (b. 1975)

1999 – Donald Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1915)

2002 – Rishikesh Shaha, Nepalese politician and writer (b. 1925)

2004 – Ol’ Dirty Bastard, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan) (b. 1968)

2005 – Eddie Guerrero, American/Mexican professional wrestler (b. 1967)

2005 – Vine Deloria, Jr., Native American author, theologian, historian, and activist (b. 1933)

2010 – Allan Sandage, American astronomer (b. 1926)

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